Today is World AIDS Day. A day we recognize the efforts made in prevention, treatment, and finding a cure. Despite the reality that 2 million people worldwide will contract HIV this year, the future remains bright. The rate of medical research in fighting the virus continues to grow and infection rates are steadily declining. It is possible that in our lifetimes, we will find a cure.
The first step to making the future a reality starts with all of us. Know your status. Get educated on HIV. Take steps to protect yourself and those you love. Donate to help support survivors, prevention efforts, and medical research. Have the conversation. Stand strong against the stigma of those living with HIV or who use PrEP to protect. Show love and compassion to everyone, regardless of their status.
The 13th reign of the Imperial Court of Chicago’s chosen charity this year is the Chicago House. The Chicago House serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, medical resources, HIV preventing services, legal services, and other supportive programs. Learn more at www.chicagohouse.org, and be sure to donate to them and at our events.
Together, we can all work to end HIV.
In Service to the Community, Crown and Court,
Christopher “Bjomolf” Clai
BOD – President of Reign 13
Windy City Empire
Need some guidance? In the Chicagoland area, here are some resources:
State of Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline
The Chicago House
Howard Brown Healthcare
City of Chicago Public Health
Indiana State Department of Health
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Centers for Disease Control